Band: Little Dragon
Hometown: Gothenburg, Sweden
Why They Matter: After lending their talents to make other people’s music even better (two tracks on Gorillaz’s Plastic Beach, a song with retro-soul crooner Raphael Saadiq, a recent, hot-shit collabo with upstart electronic act SBTRKT, to name a few), this alt-R&B quartet, inspired by great ’90s hip-hop and led by the silken voiced Yukimi Nagano, is finally poised for its own breakout, with the just-released Ritual Union **.
You Should Know: Little Dragon opened for Q-Tip in Central Park two summers ago, and Diddy popped onstage with the former Tribe Called Quest MC to rock “Vivrant Thing.” But later, the hip-hop mogul dropped in to say how much he loved Little Dragon, too. Still, they remain humble: “It’s amazing to know that a lot of creative people believe in what we do,” the modest Nagano told SPIN.
Listen: Little Dragon, “Ritual Union”